John Dobson - 10 Random Facts about the Man that invented the Dobsonian Telescope
Here's a few fun facts about John Dobson - sidewalk astronomer, inventor, and innovator. 1.John Dobson's turns 95 on September 14th 2010.
2.John finances his work by conducting Telescope Making classes.
3.John believes that the Universe is not material, but rather apparitional – that the Universe is similar to a holographic projection., and that objects and people are merely illusions.
4.He argues against the existence of the photon, and disbelieves the Big Bang theory.
5.John Dobson spent 27 years in a Vedanta monastery in San Francisco, becoming a monk of the Ramakrishna Order.
6.He referred to the telescopes he built in the monastery as “geraniums”.
7.He was born in Beijing, China.
8.John Dobson invented the Dobsonian telescope, intended to be a simple telescope was portable and easy to manufacture.
9.He jokes that his Dobsonian telescopes are built on an alt-azimuth mount because he was “too retarded” to build one with an equatorial telescope mount.
10.The first Dobsonian telescope he built utilised castoff pieces of plywood and scraps of two-by-fours, cardboard centers of hose reels, chunks of cereal boxes and portholes from old ships.